Following yesterday’s discovery
of new cooling measures inside Xbox 360 consoles, questions to Microsoft
regarding its hardware changes were met with intentionally vague responses.
“Regularly updating console components is commonplace within
the industry and is a standard aspect of the business for a variety of reasons
including cost reduction, improved manufacturability and improved performance,”
a spokesperson said to GameDaily.
“We do not provide details on these updates."
Users who received repaired consoles back have been
reporting a revised heatsink with a heatpipe extension to help better cool the
It is believed that improved cooling is an effort to address
widespread reports of Xbox 360 hardware failures. Microsoft has always remained
guarded on the topic of the reliability of its Xbox 360 console, including
possible revisions to address quality issues.
When asked if the Xbox 360 Elite would include any
additional measure to improve reliability, Microsoft employees said on multiple
occasions that the latest version of the console, HDMI output aside) would be identical
to the Premium and Core packages.
However, after disassembling the Xbox 360 Elite, enthusiasts
surrounding the CPU and GPU chips, leading some to view that as an effort
to address issues of warping PCBs. Despite the added epoxy, the Xbox 360 Elite
consoles are also prone to the Red Ring of Death hardware failures.
quote: Chances are in the auto industry, you'd see a recall for the kinds of problems MS has been having
quote: this helps everyone: users get a more reliable machine
quote: Microsoft in their anti-mod paranoia have provided no user-accessible way to clean out the heatsinks and air-passages within the Xbox360. The Xbox360 CPU heatsink is a high-density design. Those of us familiar with modern PC servicing are very aware of the appearance of the high-density CPU heat-sink after 6 months in a typical user-environment -- clogged up with junk and possibly causing the PC to shut down by tripping the temperature limit set in the PC BIOS. The addition of the extra GPU heat-exchanger in the Xbox360 Elite will have near-zero benefit once the CPU heatsink fills with lint since little or no air will then get to the extra heat-exchanger.